American Red Cross to Honor DAWS Volunteer

American Red Cross to Honor DAWS Volunteer

DAWS volunteer Bob Yost. Photo contributed.

The following was sent in from DAWS–


Chosen for Saving More Than 1000 Dogs by Transporting Them From Kill Shelters to DAWS
Bethel, CT  February 27, 2012 – Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) volunteer Robert “Bob” Yost has been named a 2012 American Red Cross Hero of Western Connecticut for his work in animal rescue.
Bob has been a dedicated DAWS volunteer for many years. For the past five years he has given his time as a dog transporter, driving dogs from kill shelters in other parts of the country to DAWS so they can find their loving forever-homes. Since Bob became a Dog Transporter in 2006, he has personally saved the lives of more than a thousand dogs.  When he travels out of state to a surrendering shelter, his traveling companion is his own dog, Dutch.
People may be surprised to find that this animal-loving softie is actually a retired Marine who belongs to the American Legion Post in Carmel, NY.  A retired Putnam County school teacher, Bob is currently active in the Connecticut Animal Response Team (CART), Bethel Community Emergency Response Team, and volunteers at Masonicare Hospice in Newtown.
“Bob is a shining example of what our volunteers and staff do every day. His service to our animals, his unfailing energy, and the spirit of cooperation he brings to every effort have won him the respect of our animal rescue community” said DAWS President Cheryl Rykowski.
A special Red Cross Heroes Breakfast honoring Bob and award winners in nine other categories will be held on March 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury Connecticut. Tickets to the event are $35 and can be obtained from the American Red Cross of Western Connecticut. For tickets and information, contact Nicole Arsenault at (203) 702-1282 or email her
About Danbury Animal Welfare Society
Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community and beyond.
We promote responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals, and work toward ending animal overpopulation through education and a variety of programs. We take pride in the work we do – working to keep homeless pets safe, happy and sheltered.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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